Acousticsamples has announced the release of the Clavi D9, a sound library based on the well-known clavinet D6 by Hohner.
It is probably one of the most “funky” instruments ever invented, despite the fact that it was originally intended for classical music as its sound is close to the hapsichord. It turns out that it was very well suited to replace or double a rhythmic guitar and was used in many Funk and Disco hits. The clavinet has 5 octaves (60 keys) and works in a simple way, when you press a note, the string is pressed against a bridge just like a hammer-on on a guitar, the non muted part of the string vibrates and the pickups amplify the sound.
The D6 has very few controls, 4 eq switches and 2 pickup switches to choose which pickup has to be used plus a global volume. We recorded both pickups and we modeled precisely the eqs, as a result you can use the whites switches exactly like on the real instrument. We sampled every possible aspect of the instrument, normal notes, staccatos, releases, mutes, every pickup, sympathetic resonances and more to give you the most authentic Clavinet sound possible.
Clavi D9 features
2,76Gb, around 4500 samples.
Precise simulation of the original filters.
Separation of both pickups and independant volume.
High quality Amp simulations with the most used models.
Real Wah effect with different pedal models.
Complete FX selection with Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo, Chorus, Distortion and Spring Reverb.
Real mute samples.
Control over the MIDI response of the library.
Advanced UVI scripting giving you access to a simple yet powerfull interface and advanced features.
The Clavi D9 for UVI Workstation 2 and MachFive 3 is available to purchase for $99 / 79 EUR.
Toontrack has announced the release Retro Electric, a new EZkeys instrument for Windows and Mac.
It comes with two carefully captured and timeless electric pianos, the Hohner Clavinet D6 and the Hohner Pianet N.
Even though production since long has stopped, the complex and round sound of the Pianet and the bright staccato of the Clavinet keep resonating vividly in all corners of contemporary music production, making these Hohner classics every bit as relevant in any songwriters toolbox today as they were back when it all started. Vintage sounds never get old!
The Hohner Clavinet D6 comes to Toontrack’s EZkeys instrument.
The EZkeys Line already includes three versions of EZkeys: the stunning Grand Piano, the intimate Upright and Classic Electrics! All versions of EZkeys come with the same groundbreaking software and functionality.
EZkeys Retro Electrics for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) is available to purchase for $179 USD. Users who already own an EZkeys can get Retro Electrics for $89 USD.
Detunized has announced the release of the All Digitals sound library library for Ableton Live.
All Digitals represents the sound of digital synth classics from the past decades. Detunized´s lead sound designer Stephan Marche picked out the best presets from his releases “Casiopeia”, “Binaries”, “Phase Facets”, “fTable”, “Composite Keys” and “4op” – a palette of Live Packs that feature such gear like a TX81z, a WSA-1, a Rapman, an OPL-3 FM chip and both of the famous Hohner sampler/synth devices.
All Digitals is built around a 3.1 Gig sample pool that consists of nearly 5000 samples. Each of the 222 included Live Racks has fine-tuned Macro controls and is ready to play right out of the box.
The All Digitals pack is currently available for an introductory price of 15 EUR (regular price 39 EUR).
Nine Volt Audio has announced Solo Guitaret, a free instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Introduced in 1963 and discontinued only two years later, the Guitaret was an invention of Ernst Zacharias, the mind behind other Hohner instruments like the Clavinet, Cembalet and Pianet.
Marketed as an easy-to-play instrument to mimic guitar or banjo, the actual sound sits somewhere between an electric kalimba and electric piano.
The Guitaret is held like a guitar, with the player holding the “neck” or handle to engage the sustain/dampening mechanism. The other hand is used to pluck the 36 metal keys, which barely protrude out of the instrument’s body. The vibration of the plucked keys is then captured by a series of internal pick-ups.
In recent years, the Guitaret has been used on a number of new recordings, perhaps most notably on the soundtrack for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
For Solo Guitaret, the instrument has been sampled at five different velocity layers, with three groups of round robin. A custom interface allows for control over a variety of sound sculpting tools, as well as access to load and save custom presets within a single patch.
Solo Guitaret features
Over 120 MB (uncompressed) of 44.1/24bit samples. Download is approximately 76 MB.
User interface provides a pull down menu of custom patches. The ability to save user presets directly into the main patch is also provided for.
User interface controls include: convolution reverb (with 34 custom IR .wavs), saturation, amp modeling, tremolo, pan, chorus, ADSR and three band EQ.
Solo Guitaret is compatible with full retail versions of Kontakt 188.8.131.5214 and higher.
The sample library is a free download (valid email address required).
Tronsonics has released Stoner Planet T, a sample library which contains a single set of samples from the Hohner Pianet T electric piano.
Recorded to worn tape on vintage equipment to emulate the distinctive Mellotron character, the piano has been overdriven through a 1960s valve pre-amp.
This pack contains over 40 imaginary 70s inspired preset instruments for Kontakt 4.2.3 or later, with the emphasis on modulation (from phasers, autowah and delay to ramped lfos triggered with the modulation wheel).
The Stoner Planet sample library is available to purchase for £9.99 GBP (£8.99 GBP for registered members and £4.99 GBP for students).
Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Sapphire 60, an organ sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The source of the SAPPHIRE 60 organ is the Hohner Symphonic 30N combo – a small organ, which was famous for its mean and unique sound mostly used in sixties beat music. But even a decade later famous bands such as Led Zeppelin used the organ during its 1972/73 UK tour. It is a four octave mobile organ with 8 registers: two of the 16″, four of the 8″ and two of the 4″ octaves – each of them switchable. Besides that you have switches for vibrato and brilliance. Instead of transistors it uses glass tubes.
A review from the sixties says: ” The build quality is top notch […] it can shock the living piss out of you if you’re used to working with solid state circuitry.
Our SAPPHIRE 60 is – typically for Cinematique Instruments – very versatile and suited for loads of music genres such as british rock, reggae, ska, pop and even scoremusic.
We recorded all of the eight registers in steps of 3 semitones. In contrast to the original organ concept which allows only to switch the register on or off each register can now be mixed in separately via faders. Besides that we provide two different kinds of vibrato, a rotary speaker fx, a distortion and a cabinet simulation. You get a button to control the amount of delay and reverb. Furthermore you get buttons to save (and reload) the whole setting of the organ. To get quick access to the abilities of the SAPPHIRE 60 we provide some presets which cover a wide range of sounds – sounds for nearly every taste.